Shannon Burgess

R.A.D. Ballet, Pointe

Born in Australia, Shannon began her dance training in ballet, jazz, hip-hop, contempory and spanish dance in Tauranga, New Zealand, where she was raised.   It was here that she gained both her Royal Academy of Dance Advanced 2 and her American Jazz Advanced 3. Shannon recognized her love for the arts and began her teacher training studying with the New Zealand Association of Modern Dance, Junior Teaching Program. Determined to continue her training, Shannon pursed dancing, singing and acting full time at the Apollo Theatre School in Auckland, New Zealand where she achieved her Diploma in Musical Theatre and became accredited with the American Jazz Dance Affiliation. Shannon spent the following two years dancing professionally with the Apollo Theatre Company, while studying for Royal Academy of Dance certification through London, England. In 2010 Shannon moved to Ottawa, Ontario where she worked for the Ottawa Dance Centre Schools teaching the Royal Academy of Dance Syllabus, and other genres of dance. At that time, she also worked with the Glebe Community Centre, where she developed and ran community ballet programs. Now living in Vancouver, Shannon is looking forward to inspiring and challenging the students at the Shift Dance Academy!